The Giver - Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 8 Summary

When the last child walked back to his seat, the audience clapped without enthusiasm. There were mutters and questioning whispers. The elder turned to the audience, acknowledging their discomfort. "I have caused you anxiety, I apologize to my community."

"We accept your apology," was the chorused reply. The Elder continued, "Jonas has not been assigned, he has been selected." The Elder went on to explain that Jonas had been selected to be the next Receiver of Memory. She continues, referencing a mistake that was made ten years ago. She explains why it has taken so long to select a new receiver of memory.

The Receiver of memory is different from the community. Jonas' training will not be public, shared with the community; Jonas has not experienced being set apart from the group. The elder explains the requirements for a Receiver. They...

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